Mashantucket - Richard F. Sebastian, 78, an elder of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at his home.
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He was born in New York, N.Y., on Nov. 28, 1934, a son of the late Clifford Cyrus Sebastian and Mabel L. Wilcox Perry Sebastian.
He is survived by his wife, Mary E. (Jerome) Sebastian; his children, Don Ricardo Sebastian Sr. and Amondo Jacquontee Sebastian, both of Mashantucket, Lisa Andrea Sebastian-Brant of Peace Dale, R.I., Mark Anthony Sebastian of Charlestown, R.I., Cynthia Sebastian-Welch and Tanisha Seba Sebastian, both of Mashantucket; two step-children, Lisa (Jerome) Hayes and Jason Jerome; a sister, Juanita Reels of Mashantucket; 25 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Ann Marie Sebastian; and his siblings, Myrtis Simmons, Doris LaCorbiniere, Phyllis Sebastian-Waite, Maxine Pinson, Constance Sampson, Evelyn Reels, Vincent A. Sebastian, Clifford C. Sebastian, Emanuel Sebastian, Mason and Harold Champlain, and Catherine Sebastian.
A Graveside Service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the Mashantucket Tribal Burial Ground, Fanning Road, Ledyard. There are no visiting hours.
Donations in his memory may be made to The Miriam Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center, 164 Summit St., Providence, RI 02906-2853.
The Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl St., historic downtown Mystic, is assisting the family.
For information or to share a note of remembrance with his family, please visit www.dinotofuneral.com
Published in The Day on Dec. 7, 2012